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The Bassai Sculptures / The Phigaleian Frieze

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1815,1020.4

  • Title (series)

    • The Bassai Sculptures
    • The Phigaleian Frieze
  • Description

    Carved marble block from the West side of the continuous frieze of the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai. The West and North frieze show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos.
    This block shows two Centaurs using a mighty stone to beat Kaineus into the earth. Kaineus, between them, is half-buried in the ground and holds his shield above his head. He probably held a sword in his right hand. Both Centaurs wear feline’s skins. On the right a Lapith, armed with shield and helmet, grasps the nearest Centaur by the hair. A woman, at the far right, moves to the right, holding her floating mantle with both hands. Metal attachments were inserted in drill-holes. The block consists of several fragments that are in the British Museum and a plaster cast, the middle left side that shows the tail of a Centaur, which original is in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (inv.no. NM 4765).

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 420BC-400BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 161.29 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This slab includes a cast of Athens NM 4765.

  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 530 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G16/upper

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1815

  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1811-1812 by a group of artists and architects including Cockerell, Haller, Linkh, Foster, Legh and Gropius, together with Baron Otto Magnus von Stackelberg of Estonia and Peter Oluf Brondsted of Copenhagen. Auctioned at Zante and acquired on behalf of the British Government.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1815,1020.4

Carved marble block from the West side of the continuous frieze of the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai. The West and North frieze show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos.  This block shows two Centaurs using a mighty stone to beat Kaineus into the earth. Kaineus, between them, is half-buried in the ground and holds his shield above his head. He probably held a sword in his right hand. Both Centaurs wear feline’s skins. On the right a Lapith, armed with shield and helmet, grasps the nearest Centaur by the hair. A woman, at the far right, moves to the right, holding her floating mantle with both hands. Metal attachments were inserted in drill-holes. The block consists of several fragments that are in the British Museum and a plaster cast, the middle left side that shows the tail of a Centaur, which original is in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (inv.no. NM 4765).

Carved marble block from the West side of the continuous frieze of the temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai. The West and North frieze show the battle between Centaurs and Lapiths at the marriage-feast of Peirithoos. This block shows two Centaurs using a mighty stone to beat Kaineus into the earth. Kaineus, between them, is half-buried in the ground and holds his shield above his head. He probably held a sword in his right hand. Both Centaurs wear feline’s skins. On the right a Lapith, armed with shield and helmet, grasps the nearest Centaur by the hair. A woman, at the far right, moves to the right, holding her floating mantle with both hands. Metal attachments were inserted in drill-holes. The block consists of several fragments that are in the British Museum and a plaster cast, the middle left side that shows the tail of a Centaur, which original is in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens (inv.no. NM 4765).

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